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Physics 428
Introduction to Astrophysics II
Problem Assignment #1
Due: Monday, January 12, 2015
The Planck Function
1. The intensity of radiation associated with a black body of temperature T is given by the
Planck function
I ( ,  )  B (T ) 
2 h 3
c e kT  1
For a general black body and then for a black body the temperature of the sun,
T = 5780 K, find
(a) an expression for and the value of λν,max, the wavelength at which Bν(T) peaks,
(b) an expression for and the value of λλ,max, the wavelength at which Bλ(T) peaks.
(Remember, energy conservation requires that Bν(T) dν = Bλ(T) dλ.)
(c) In elementary astronomy textbooks (e.g., in Investigating Astronomy by Slater
and Freedman, the currently used text in Ph 127) Wien's law is often expressed
λmax= 0.0029/T where T is the temperature of a star in kelvins and λmax is the
wavelength of maximum emission in meters. In this expression does λmax
represent λν,max(θ,φ) or λλ,max(θ,φ)?
Hint: Two solutions of the equation x(a) = a(1-e-x) are x(3) = 2.821439 and x(5) =
4.965114, correct to seven significant figures.
2. Determine the total radiation intensity or brightness emitted by a blackbody in ergs s-1
cm-2 sterad-1, i.e., find B(T), where
B(T )   B (T )d .
3. The surface of a blackbody radiates outward with a total flux, F(T) [ergs s-1 cm-2], of
F (T )   B (T ) cos  d   d  2 B (T ) cos  sin  d .
Find F(T). (This result should yield the Stefan-Boltzmann Law, F(T) = σT 4. Hence,
what is the value of the radiation constant, σ, both in terms of other fundamental
constants and also numerically?)